With a little over a week away from Bioblitz 2011, the various taxa teams are starting to form, but we still need eyes, ears and hands in the field! Below please find a new schedule of when we’ll be looking for what. To sign up and join in the fun, contact Patrick Mulligan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-543-8801 and talk to Lisa Sanphillipo.Read more
1) Arbutus unedo (Strawberry tree)
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (October 3 – 16, 2011)
Evergreen tree native to the Mediterranean and southwest Ireland, specifically the islands
and shores of the Lakes of Killarney, where it attains its largest (40 ft. or more in height)
The flowers of A. unedo arrive late in the season, and are followed by the globose
strawberry-like fruits that are orange-red in color.
After a nonexistent summer, we’re now charging forward and anticipating the return of rain and cooler temperatures, the shorter days, and all the fall tasks that seem to just ramp up without warning.
Autumn can be a mesmerizing time of year as many plants, particularly in the Soest Perennial Display Garden, have reached their full potential in growth and in many cases, abundant bloom.
Another woody plant has captured our attention this month and is deserving of this autumn highlight and that’s the Crimson Glory Vine. While most grapes are fruiting now and express some fall color, this outstandingly large and colorful vine is mesmerizing to see especially when back lit by the western exposure of the sun.Read more
So after 13 years in the same raised bed, it’s time that one of our Persian Ironwood trees (Parrotia persica) be removed and replaced with another species.
It was suggested that every ten years or so, the specimen tree would be changed out to showcase different species that could be utilized to create the part shade environment intended for the perennials planted below.
Species of Sorbus are commonly known as whitebeam, rowan, service tree, and mountain ash. All these cuttings are from the Brian Mulligan Sorbus Collection, located to the east of Arboretum Drive across from the Magnolia Collection.
1) Sorbus aucuparia (European Rowan)
Sorbus aucuparia is native to most of Europe except for the far south, and northern Asia.
It is listed as a ‘Weed of Concern’ by the King County Noxious Weed Board because of its propensity to spread seeds far and wide via birds.
The public is invited to a presentation of the Oral History of UWBG project on Tuesday, November 1, from 5 – 7 pm in the Miller Library. Several displays will showcase the interview collection and will remain on exhibit in the library from Oct 21 until the week of Nov 20.Read more
I had the opportunity to attend two “brown bag lunch” presentations over the past week. The first was delivered last Friday by a visiting Russian botanist named Valentin Yakubov. Valentin is a leading scientist at the Institute of Biology and Soil Science, part of the Russian Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Science. Valentin is a specialist when it comes to the flora of the RFE and was brought over with grant funding from a private foundation as part of a continuing partnership between Vladivostok Botanic Garden and the UW Botanic Gardens.Read more
Each fall, the Washington Park Arboretum Education and Outreach Program provides training for new and veteran guides who lead school field trips and/or Weekend Walks. This fall, guides learned firsthand about current plant-related research at the University of Washington. Hyde Herbarium Collections Manager and School of Forest Resources (SFR) graduate student Katie Murphy spoke about fall plant physiology and offered pointers for leading groups in the field.
And the astonishing United Way “Day of Caring” numbers are in!
103 total volunteers working 417 hours!
Representing 4 companies/corporations: AT&T, Japan Business Association, Microsoft, Nordstrom
Completing 5 projects:
AT&T – Holly Collection
3 truckloads of blackberry and weeds hauled out, roots and all!
Native plant bed and holly berm weeded and mulched!
Japan Business Association-Pacific Connections Garden, Siskiyou Slope
Weeded over 1,100 linear feet of 8’wide pathways and hauled out 3 truckloads of weeds!